MRC Fellowship Program

The Maryland Robotics Center (MRC) at the University of Maryland, College Park will continue to fund the MRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.  We seek multiple dynamic, forward-thinking, and highly qualified individuals with the following expertise:

Autonomy as applied to sensors and actuators, controls, planning, and the understanding of the basis for autonomous decisions; new biological insights into complex kinematics and enabling mechanisms of air, ground, underwater systems; miniature autonomous robotic systems;  design, fabrication, and testing of novel robotic platforms (e.g., soft robotic systems, miniature robotic platforms, and robotic platforms based on multifunctional structures and/or sustainable power); computer vision and perception for autonomous robots in challenging environments (e.g., underwater, highly cluttered natural scene with vegetation).

Applicants should be outstanding, intellectually curious researchers at an early stage in their scholarly career. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Engineering, Computer Science or a related field by the expected start date of June 1, 2019. Applicants should have demonstrated a capacity for independent work. We recognize that strength comes through diversity and actively seek and welcome people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. We encourage women and minority candidates to apply.

Applications will be judged on the qualifications of the applicant, and the quality and originality of the applicant’s research.

Applicants are not required to contact MRC faculty members. Successful candidates will be paired with faculty advisors from the Center.  The MRC postdoctoral fellows will have access to the full range of talent and resources available at the Maryland Robotics Center, and will interact broadly with a group of Center faculty and carry out interdisciplinary research with potential significant societal impact to address global issues of food security, environmental health, and human health.

We expect to offer multiple fellowship positions with funding guaranteed for one year. Fellowship renewal beyond the first year is subject to funding availability and performance.  Competitive salary and benefits will be provided.


1. Applicant’s CV, including publication list.
2. 1-2 page description of the candidate research experience and future research interest
3. Three letters of recommendation, including one preferably from the applicant’s PhD thesis advisor, to be sent directly to robotics@umd.edu with the applicant’s name in the subject of the email. The letter should provide detailed assessment of the applicant’s qualifications and potential for innovative, ground-breaking independent research.

Applicants should submit 1 and 2 as a single file (pdf format required) named Applicant’s LastName_MRCFY19FELLOW with the subject line of the email: MRC FY19 POSTDOC FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION.  The application and questions should be sent to: robotics@umd.edu

The application window is open from December 17, 2018 through April 30, 2019.


Full-Time Lecturer in Robotics 

The Maryland Robotics Center at the University of Maryland seeks to appoint a full-time Lecturer starting June 2019. The position will have full-time teaching responsibilities central to the Robotics Masters of Engineering Program and will generally involve teaching 5-6 courses (possibly with associated labs) per year. 
We seek applicants who will create a climate that embraces excellence and diversity, with a strong commitment to teaching, hands-on learning, mentoring and active engagement with the students. The ideal candidate should have strong background in one or more of the following areas: autonomous systems, robot control and modeling, perception and planning, and AI/ML. The candidate is expected to incorporate creative approaches to teaching that enhance the student learning experience, help assist students in the use of lab equipment, as well as be committed to advising and service. Courses are taught in on-campus and remote site formats, and may be expanded to online in the future. 
The successful candidate must have a PhD in Engineering, Computer Science or a related field, and classroom teaching experience with proven excellence designing and teaching a variety of robotics-related courses. Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate interest in and potential for outstanding teaching and ability to innovate and adopt various teaching methods in the classroom and labs.
As per current guidelines, lecturers are appointed to a 1-year term, with the intention of renewal with demonstrated successful performance. Applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented on engineering faculties are encouraged to apply. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by February 15, 2019. Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, a 1-2 page teaching statement that also highlights the applicant's primary course interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available) and contact information for at least three references to robotics@umd.edu.  Must be currently eligible to work in the United States.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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